My U.S. citizen father petitioned for me in category F1 – do I need to stay unmarried?
Beneficiaries who are adult children of U.S. citizens and marry will drop to category F3.
I am 23 years old and live in Mexico, but my dad lives in the U.S., and recently became a U.S. citizen. He filed a visa petition for me to immigrate to the United States. I am in category F1 of the visa preference system (for adult children of U.S. citizens), which seems to be very backed up. According to what I see on the latest the State Department Visa Bulletin, people with priority dates about seven years earlier than mine are only now getting their green cards. To make matters more complicated, my fiancé (who is also Mexican) wants us to get married soon – not wait for seven years until I move to the United States! But my father told me that if I marry, I will no longer qualify for this category of green card. What do I do?